"On the Sidelines with Candace Rushing"
Friday, September 18, 2009


From the never ceasing rain fall to the unusually small field, nothing seemed to go our way last Friday night in Ruston, Louisiana. Both teams, ourselves and Louisiana Tech, walked onto the field with unbeatable records and unstoppable mindsets. However, as in most games, one team has to prevail. Unfortunately, "Every good team loses once in a while", said Coach Glenn Evans after the disappointing first loss of our season. From the moment my team stepped off the field, attitudes evolved and revelations surfaced. We had to get better.

With eleven newcomers and eight sophomores, our team is fairly young. After winning the first five games of the season, it is hard for young players to grasp the concept that harder roads lie ahead. Being a returner, I remember thinking my freshman year "Oh, this isn't as hard as I thought it was going to be." 'Boy' was I wrong. Full of energy, excitement, and will at the beginning of the season, it is important for these characteristic to carry us through conference games as well. Playing a solid Louisiana Tech team, this was our wake up call.

The morning after the Friday night game, Coach Chase Wooten called for a jog and stretch to be led by our seniors. Without any distractions from fans, coaches, or parents, my team was able to reflect and realize that fairytale, perfect seasons are rare. Sitting together in a circle, seniors Kortney Causey, Lauren Cheaney, Kate Donnelly, Lauren Stanley, Mattie Weatherspoon, and Kristine Weaver reinforced staying together, not forgetting the night before, yet moving on, and setting goals. Just minutes after the end of the game Wooten asked the team to "...not let this keep you down for the next game...make a goal to improve something." With a couple of days off due to unplayable fields, the team was able to focus on just that.

Although by Sunday we were ready to play Texas State, the game got cancelled due to storms. The next three days in to the week rained on us as well, forcing indoor and running practices. However, regardless of how the wet our field is Friday the 19th, we will play. A hunger to win is inside all twenty-eight of us. Friday night should be exciting. So come out to Mayo Soccer Field for a 7:00 pm kick off against Nicholls State Colonels.

Before you sign off, get to know three more of my remarkable teammates. I bring you Seniors Lauren Cheaney and Kristine Weaver along with Freshman Courtney Morris. Looking at stats, these girls are incredible on the field. Just wait until you get the privilege to see them play in person.

Lauren Ashley Cheaney "Cheaney"
June 14, 1988
Hometown: Shreveport, LA/ Coppell, TX
Favorite Cafeteria food: Enchiladas
Favorite Inspirational quote: Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever." -Lance Armstrong
Pre-game routine: Watch all my teammates "booty dance"
Something no one knows about you: I'm an open book

Kristine Elizabeth Weaver "Weaver"
Birthday: November 25, 1987
Hometown: Prosper, Texas
Favorite athlete: Steve Nash
Biggest Pet peeve: People who act like they know everything but show/do/have nothing to back it up
Funniest Memory of Chase: Ice cream and Mountain Dew stops
Favorite Inspirational quote: The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing. - Albert Einstein

Courtney Amber Morris "Court"
Birthday: March 14th, 1991
Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Best soccer memory: Scoring the first goal of the season this year
Funniest Memory of Chase: Him freaking out on the poles at the ropes course or yelling "not even close to maybe" at the referee
Something No one knows about you: I am addicted to football
Favorite professor: Dr. Webber